Gun owners who cheered when the Senate failed to pass numerous anti-gun bills last week should temper their enthusiasm. The liberal wing of the Democratic party, led by President Obama and funded by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, has already started to use the votes to oust pro-Second Amendment senators in 2014.
After voting on a series of amendments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the entire bill from the floor Thursday when it became clear that it could never get the 60 votes to pass. Sources say the White House forced the Nevada Democrat to put the bill on the floor, either out of the mistaken belief that it had 62 votes for background checks of private firearms transfers or that it wanted to get pro-gun Republicans on the record.
Bloomberg shoots first
After Mr. Reid cancelled the vote, Mr. Bloomberg fumed and indicated the type of attack ads he would be funding leading up to the 2014 election. “This is just an up and down vote. Condone murder or don’t. It’s not any more complex than that,” he said.